Paul Piazza teaches trumpet, trombone, french horn, baritone horn / euphonium, tuba, music theory, conducting, and composition in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. Mr. Piazza is an active performing trumpeter and brass instructor throughout Los Angeles, as well as a professional vocalist and conductor. He is currently the Music Director of the Westlake Village Symphony, delivers ensemble clinics and brass masterclasses at schools throughout Los Angeles.
His own teachers have included Craig Morris (former principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Chris Tedesco (Los Angeles-based studio trumpeter), and Jason Carder (Lead trumpet for Yanni.) He has also studied brass pedagogy with famed tuba soloist Sam Pilafian, founder of The Breathing Gym. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2013 in Trumpet Performance.
Mr. Piazza enjoys teaching trumpet to students of all ages and skill levels. His students have ranged in years from 8 years old to 80 years old, and everything in between. He believes in addressing technical weaknesses through encouragement and creative problem solving to allow for a richer musical experience in performance.
Mr. Piazza has a thorough knowledge of the most important schools of brass technique, such as those of James Stamp, Claude Gordon, and the Breathing Gym, allowing him to customize instruction for each students’ individual needs. Paul specializes in teaching audition preparation and has successfully taught large groups of students to play in every conceivable style of music: classical, pop, latin, jazz, funk, contemporary, etc. He has also instructed courses in music theory and ear training, as well as teaching conducting privately.
When not musically-engaged, Mr. Piazza loves reading history books, cooking Italian food, and begging his cat to pay attention to him.